Marine Pollution: Diagnosis and Therapy by Sebastian A. Gerlach

By Sebastian A. Gerlach

When, in 1966, the Gennan learn Society directed the eye of oceanographers within the Federal Republic of Ger­ many to difficulties of marine toxins, i used to be no longer enthusiastic. Emphasis in this challenge zone intended that different vital learn plans needed to be postponed. however the lectures on the 3rd foreign Oceanographic Congress, September 1970, in Tokyo, and on the FAO convention on Marine pollutants and its results on dwelling assets and Fishing, December 1970, in Rome, confident me that examine on difficulties of marine toxins is a social legal responsibility, and that the oceanographer has to take a stand. I issued public warnings concerning the carrying on with use of insecticides and needed to safeguard myself opposed to protests via the fishing and plenty of colleagues who have been, in Novem­ ber 1970, blind to the level of the possibility. hence, i used to be required via my career to obtain an outline of the prob­ lems of ocean toxins. In 1971 I in basic terms had to familiarize myself with a few 100 bibliographical goods. in the mean time, the flood of knowledge has risen dramatically, and within the 12 months 1975, no fewer than 868 guides lower than the heading of "Marine toxins" have been mentioned (Table 1). it's, for that reason, a growing number of diffi­ cult to differentiate new result of medical learn from the various repetitions and diversifications, and that i worry that from yr to yr my efforts to demonstrate the particular prestige of the matter at a given second might be topic to extra gaps.

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Many of its inhabitants make their living from fishing. The rest of the city is economically dependent on the Shin Nihon Chisso Hiryo Company which, along with other products, had been producing vinylchloride and acetaldehyde since 1952. In 1953, puzzling symptoms of illness began to be observed in Minamata's human and cat population. Then in 1956, the illness assumed epidemic proportions. It was assumed to be contagious meningitis, and the patients were isolated. An investigation committee was established.

Organisms living there are as a rule not necessarily damaged or killed by such an increase in temperature. But that does not mean that the biological community goes on living unchanged, because it is to be expected that when the spectrum of temperature as an ecological factor alters it affects the composition of the community of organisms. Species which like high temperatures would benefit, and northern species might possibly be driven out if the period of growth is extended by higher temperatures.

Water containing mercury is transported anti-clockwise through the Irish Sea. Low mercury ooncentrations are found in those areas where during windy weather the sediment is brought into suspension. It is probable that in such regions mercury adsorbs to particles and then is sedimented. 03 mg/kg. 38 mg/kg dry sediment. These high concentrations persist in spite of the fact that dumping had been stopped several years ago. 5 mg/kg of mercury. In these areas the mercury concentration in seawater is above 50 ng/l (Fig.

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